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Comments Due by Wednesday 9/20 at 11:59 PM KAREN R. EFFREM, MD, EDUCATION LIBERTY WATCH Dear Fellow Education Warrior, We now have an opportunity to protect the privacy and minds of our children. We can submit comments in support of President Trump’s effort to scale back regulations, particularly in the U.S. Department...
DR. KAREN EFFREM, EDUCATION LIBERTY WATCH The following note was sent to the chairpersons and ranking members of the U.S. House Education & Workforce Committee & the Preschool, Elementary, & Secondary Education Subcommittee: Dear Chairwoman Foxx, Ranking Member Scott, Chairman Rokita, and Ranking Member Polis and the Education & Workforce Committee, Thank...
KAREN R. EFFREM, MD, EDUCATION LIBERTY WATCH There were  rumors that the final votes on amendments and passage for the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) could have been as early as Monday or at the latest by Wednesday (July 15th). Apparently because parents and teachers have seen through the shiny...
KAREN R. EFFREM, MD, EDUCATION LIBERTY WATCH Just after our nation has celebrated independence from tyranny, the US Congress is planning to expand its iron fisted control over American education. The Senate is about to begin debate on The Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA - S 1177) and there are...
By Karen R. Effrem, MD, and Jane Robbins The Student Privacy Protection Act, (SPPA) -  S1341, is creating quite a stir. As expected and despite the long list of supporting organizations, the crowd at the  Data Quality Campaign which is heavily funded by pro-Common Core groups and anti-privacy corporations that...
FSCCC Responds EDUCATION, THE FLORIDA STOP COMMON CORE COALITION Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed HB 7069, the testing and accountability bill, despite the concerns of thousands of parents, teachers and students about the still lingering and harsh effects of Florida's problem plagued accountability system. "We appreciate the efforts of the legislature...
KAREN R. EFFREM, MD, EDUCATION LIBERTY WATCH Editor's Note: Originally Published: Feb 26, 2015 Former governor and potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush held a closed fundraiser and an open education forum in Tallahassee, Florida on February 11th.  Many on both sides of the aisle have concerns about that candidacy. He has...
KAREN R. EFFREM, MD, EDUCATION LIBERTY WATCH Editor's Note: Originally Published: Feb 26, 2015 Former governor and potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush held a closed fundraiser and an open education forum in Tallahassee, Florida on February 11th.  Many on both sides of the aisle have concerns about that candidacy. He has...
KAREN R. EFFREM, MD, EDUCATION LIBERTY WATCH Besides urging a no vote on HR 5, the Student Success Act that replaces No Child Left Behind, please contact your US representatives and Senators to vote NO on S 227, the Senate version of the federal data mining bill. Having already passed...
LIBERTY ALERTS WITH STEVE FARRELL The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition announced today the filing of HB 743 , "An Act Relating to Education". The Bill was filed by Representative Debbie Mayfield (R-Indian River). According to the press release by the FSCCC, the new bill has two main components: 1. It...
Karen R. Effrem, MD, Education Liberty Watch In the State of the Union speech, President Obama put forth the idea that America should spend hundreds of billions of dollars on universal preschool for four year old children and further expand government intervention in the lives of all American families. He...
Karen R. Effrem, MD, Education Liberty Watch Today is the day we celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, no longer mentioned by the Minnesota social studies standards, and which were given an F grade by the Southern Poverty Law Center for their poor teaching of the civil rights...
Karen R. Effrem, MD, Education Liberty Watch Thanks to you, we are well on our way to collecting hundreds of signatures to present to the judge calling for a halt to the horrific proposed social studies standards. However, we have also received reports that some people were having trouble finding...
Please Sign and Share! Karen R. Effrem, MD, Education Liberty Watch The petition letter opposing the proposed Minnesota social studies standards to administrative law Judge Barbara Nielson is now ready to be signed. We will collect signatures and then forward them with the letter to the judge, who will accept this...
Karen R. Effrem, MD, Education Liberty Watch Many thanks to all who were able to give oral testimony at the December 20th social studies standards hearing. The large hearing room at the Minnesota Department of Education building was nearly full. The vast majority of testifiers were overwhelmingly opposed to the...
Karen R. Effrem, MD, Education Liberty Watch The following information is quoted from the Dual Notice, the hearing notice, or phone calls or emails to the judge's office or the Minnesota Department of Education.  The standards alone are available here. The standards with the benchmarks are available here. The Department...
Karen R. Effrem, MD, Education Liberty Watch The nation is approaching the Thanksgiving holiday and the chance to reflect upon and give thanks for the many blessings and liberties that we still have and for which so many have sacrificed. Education Liberty Watch believes that one very appropriate way to...
KAREN R. EFFREM, MD., EDUCATION LIBERTY WATCH The Minnesota Department of Education is about to complete the "extreme makeover social studies standards edition" process of the well rated 2004 version. Instead of following the law which says to "revise and align" the standards, there has been a top to bottom...